Just over two weeks ago, Dallas South Oak Cliff receiver J.F. Thomas Jr. was a little-known prospect in recruiting circles. The talent was certainly there; Thomas is long at 6-foot-4, 183-pounds. He also scored 15 touchdowns as a junior.
Thomas landed on the recruiting scene after receiving an offer from TCU, which was his first offer. The rising prospect wasted little time and basically committed to the Frogs on the spot.
Since his commitment, other programs have taken notice. SOC started spring ball earlier this week and that opened the doors for coaches to stop by and see Thomas' talents up close.
They haven't been disappointed.
"It's a good feeling," he said of receiving the new offers. "I like the schools and the football teams."
Although others continue to show interest, Thomas remains strongly committed to the Frogs.
"I liked everything about them; the academics, team, the coaches," he said of why he chose TCU. "I liked everything about them."
Thomas said the chance to play close to home and in the Big 12 was also enticing not only for him, but his parents as well.
"They're happy," he said. "They wanted me to stay close to home and TCU is where I'm going to go."Thomas says he's looking forward to playing the same type of role he's currently playing for his team in TCU's new offense.
"They said I would be doing the same thing," he said. "I like their offense."
But first, he's doing everything he can to make sure his team advances further in the playoffs in 2014.
"We're trying to take it all the way this year," he said. "We're putting all of our tools together so we can try to win state this year."
With eight SOC players holding D-1 offers, the chances look very promising at a successful run for a state championship.